I know I promised a recap from my boy’s birthday today, but we had family in town and I wanted to soak in every minute with them…so I’m going to share a different recipe and the birthday update will come your way Thursday! 🙂
You all know I drink this green smoothie every morning as part of my breakfast. Well…this Berry Protein Smoothie is another one of my faves. My love for smoothies knowns no bounds. They are the perfect, fast, easy, healthy meal option for my ladies (and gents) out there who need nutritious food in a hurry!
When my third baby came into this world, my time became even more precious. I had four mouths to feed every day (not including my own), and I kind of lost my desire to eat. I know that sounds crazy, but at lunchtime I just wasn’t in the mood for anything. I could never decide what I wanted and nothing sounded good to me. Don’t get me wrong…I was hungry, but I was tired! I knew I needed some serious fuel to boost me through the rest of the day, but I just didn’t care. But between nursing my sweet baby and chasing my other two kiddos around, I knew I had to treat my body right in order to function!
The solution was to include an extra smoothie into my day and jam-pack it full of amazing ingredients. Smoothies at lunchtime might seem strange to you, (I mean…isn’t a smoothie a breakfast food?!) but it seriously has helped em so so much. You can make a lunch loaded with protein, fruits, & vegetables in under 5 minutes with minimal cleanup. Win. Win. WIN!
I choose to make a non-chocolatey (GASP) smoothie for lunch because I do need some variety. I always add my powders right after the liquid (before the frozen fruits/greens) so they don’t “poof” up along the sides of the blender. I use water as the liquid in this Berry Protein Smoothie because the protein powder adds plenty of creaminess! But if you love extra-super-milk-shakey smoothies, I recommend using almond or coconut milk ( or your favorite non-dairy variety)!
As I’ve said before, I always…always use frozen fruits and greens in my smoothies! I love a super-cold, thick smoothie…and the best way I’ve found to accomplish this without using ice (which dilutes the flavor) is using frozen ingredients!
- 1 cup water (or your favorite non-dairy milk)
- 1 scoop (1 ½ TBS) plant-based vanilla protein powder
- 1 scoop (½ TBS) Amazing grass green superfood powder
- ½ cup frozen mixed berries (or your favorite berry combination)
- ½ banana, frozen
- 1 cup spinach, frozen
- Put ingredients into your blender (I recommend using a [Vitamix|http://vitamixtrack.com/click.track?CID=292558&AFID=417333&ADID=1450715&SID=&NonEncodedURL=
- ] in the order listed & blend until smooth.
- Serve & drink immediately for best taste!
This is a very versatile smoothie. I’ll add some yogurt for my kids & maybe a squirt of honey. Once you’re familiar with the base you can let your imagination take you wherever you’d like to go!
This recipe always comes to my rescue when I just don’t feel like eating anything, but I still care about feeding my body with nutritious, protein-packed foods!
What about you? Are you a smoothie person? Has there been a time in your life when you just didn’t care what you ate?
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